This study looking at Gender Based Violence (GBV) was funded by Research Advocacy Fund and conducted by Rutgers WPF and RADS (2012-2013).
Gender based violence adversely affects the reproductive and general health of women and is common in Pakistan and the region (Aurat Foundation 2010, UNFPA 1998, Rutgers WPF 2011). Violence and discrimination have significant and often long lasting physical and psychological effects beyond just health. GBV is often associated with higher incidence of depression, suicide or premature death, poor quality of life, miscarriages, maternal mortality, unsafe abortion, lack of health care access, disempowerment, social isolation, and low birth weight infants etc (WHO 2011). Although various forms of violence affect women throughout the cycle of their lives, a woman is particularly vulnerable to intimate partner aggression and violence.